Eastside Dental is a general dental office providing comprehensive dental care to adults and children. Some of our basic services include:
- Restorations (fillings)
- Periodontal (gum) treatment
- Root Canal Treatment
- Partial and Complete Dentures
Your first appointment at Eastside Dental Office
All new adult patients are scheduled for a Complete Oral Examination. At this appointment, the dental hygienist conducts a comprehensive medical history review, a head, neck, and oral examination including an oral cancer screening. A very careful assessment of the teeth and gums is done in order to ensure that we have identified all problem areas. The dentist will then review all x-rays and charting and develop a treatment plan for you.
Common problems identified at the examination appointment:
Broken and Decayed Teeth
White fillings are used to restore teeth which are chipped, broken or decayed. Sometimes it is necessary to replace older fillings (some of which may be silver amalgam) which may be failing.
Plaque (bacteria) and tartar naturally accumulate on the teeth and can cause gingivitis (bleeding gums) and periodontal disease. If these conditions are not addressed the bone and tooth support structures will deteriorate and may lead to tooth loss. Our hygiene team is committed to your oral health and specifically your gingival health. By removing the bacteria from the your teeth and gums (dental cleaning) we will help you maintain your teeth for a lifetime. Some gum disease is not responsive to regular treatment. Fortunately we have a periodontist (gum specialist) who has specialized training to deal with these unique cases.
Missing Teeth and Teeth Requiring Removal
It is important to replace missing teeth from both a functional and cosmetic perspective. Missing teeth can lead to chewing inefficiency, jaw pain and an unattractive smile. Fortunately, current dental technology allow us to restore the edentulous (toothless) areas with natural looking and functioning prosthetic teeth.
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, certain teeth will require removal or extraction. We are equipped to deal with most of these cases in the office with local anesthesia. Once the tooth is removed there are several options for tooth replacement available. Fixed or removable partial dentures along with implants are common solutions for missing teeth.
Swelling or Severe Dental Pain
Teeth may sometimes require root canal (endodontic) treatment. Root canals are required when the nerve and blood vessels in a tooth are dead or dying. Usually a patient will present with pain and swelling in the area around the tooth. We remove the dead or dying nerve from the tooth and seal the canal with a rubber material. This procedure will alleviate the pain and swelling.
Teeth Susceptible to Fracture
When teeth have very large fillings they are susceptible to fracture. In order to prevent the tooth and filling from breaking we often recommend ‘crowning’ the tooth. Inlays and onlays are sometimes recommended depending on the amount of sound tooth structure remaining. The dentist will determine which treatment option will work best for you.
Certain teeth are extremely sensitive to cold and hot stimuli. There are many reasons why teeth can become sensitive. The dentist will identify the reason for the problem and suggest treatment as required. Common reasons for tooth sensitivity include : decay, improper toothbrushing, tooth grinding at night, fracture, traumatic occlusion (improper bite), etc.
Anxious about going to the Dentist?
Nitrous Oxide Sedation and Oral Sedative Medications are available if patients are anxious about their dental treatment. The dentist will determine if sedation is necessary and which modality is most suitable for you.
Improving your smile or the look of your teeth is easier than you think! With esthetic crowns, porcelain veneers, bonding and other techniques we can give you the smile you have been dreaming of. Here are some examples of what we can do.
Dental Implants are becoming the treatment of choice for the replacement of missing teeth.
A dental implant is a titanium screw that is surgically placed in the jawbone. The procedure is done with local anesthesia in our office.
After healing, the implant is restored with a very natural looking crown.
If you are missing teeth we would be happy to discuss implant solutions with you. Please call our office if you have any questions about dental implant treatment.
Good periodontal (gum) health is critical in maintaining our teeth for a lifetime. Sometimes even with good homecare and regular cleanings periodontal problems may still occur. Our hygienists are well trained to identify the early stages of gum disease so that the tooth support mechanism is not compromised. In certain cases our periodontist (gum specialist) may have to intervene if regular periodontal therapy is not working.
Some common periodontal problems include : bleeding gums, sore gums, gum recession, pus discharge from the gum tissue, tooth mobility due to periodontal disease , etc.
Most of these problems can be treated successfully if they are identified early. An example of gum recession treated surgically is shown below. (Photo Source : Canadian Academy of Periodontology.)
If you have any questions concerning your periodontal health please don't hesitate to call the office.